Outdoor Adventures

Winter Backpacking Weekends Coniston or Grasmere - Great Langdale, Lake District

With Mark Reid FRGS – author of ‘The Inn Way’ guidebooks & Mountain Leader

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A winter outdoor experience to remember!

Head to the hills for our fantastic guided Winter Backpacking weekend. Spend two days back-packing across the hills and fells of the Lake District, and then camp overnight at the National Trust’s Great Langdale campsite (with great facilities).


Experience the freedom of the fells on our 2-day winter backpacking weekend in the Lake District, walking between Coniston or Grasmere and Great Langdale.

We’ll meet for tea/coffee on the first morning to discuss the trip then spend the day walking across dales, fells and mountains to Great Langdale, where we’ll spend the evening enjoying a meal and local ales beside a roaring fire at the Old Dungeon Ghyll pub, before camping overnight at the campsite. The next morning we’ll walk back over the hills and fells.

  • Experience the freedom of the fells
  • Escape from the modern world for 2 days
  • Re-connect with nature
  • Improve your hill skills and camp-craft
  • Challenge yourself – hills, weather, backpack and camping
  • Savour the peace and quiet, with time to relax and think
  • Explore the fells in confidence with Mark Reid (Mountain Leader)
  • An adventurous winter weekend to remember!

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We’ll be camping at the National Trust’s Great Langdale campsite

This campsite has a spectacular location at the foot of the Langdale Pikes, and has great facilities, including…

  • Campsite shop, which sells provisions including breakfast (coffee, bacon sandwiches and croissants)
  • Hot and powerful free showers
  • Drying rooms for wet kit
  • 5-minute walk from the Old Dungeon Ghyll pub

Your camping kit will be set up at the campsite for you….

  • Backpacking tent
  • Sleep-mat
  • Stove, gas and mugs
  • Brew kit

If you wish to stay at the pub, then that is fine – camping is not compulsory!

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  • 3-season sleeping bag (minimum comfort rating of 0 degrees C)
  • Walking boots
  • Food – packed lunch & breakfast; evening meal (pub).
  • Personal walking clothing and equipment (base layers etc)
A detailed list of what to wear and bring will be sent to you.

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We will walk approximately 10 miles each day, with hills, fells and mountains along the way. The precise route will be determined on the day, given weather conditions, pace of the group etc. The following routes are only suggestions, and may change on the day.

Day 1

10am – Meet at a cafe at either Coniston or Grasmere to discuss the walks and gear check.
11am – Set off on our walk across dales, fells and mountains, taking in fascinating history, beautiful views and wonderful landscapes. From Coniston, our route may include Coppermines Valley, Levers Water, Swirl How, Wet Side Edge, Three Shires Stone, Red Tarn, Oxendale and Great Langdale. From Grasmere, our route may include Easedale Tarn, Blea Rigg, High Raise, Sergeant Man, Langdale Pikes, Stickle Tarn and Great Langdale.
5pm – Arrive at Great Langdale and set up camp
7pm – head to the Old Dungeon Ghyll Hotel for a meal beside the fire

Day 2

9am – Continue walk across the dales and fells, walking back to Coniston or Grasmere. Our route to Coniston may include Side Pike, Lingmoor Fell, Little Langdale, Cathedral Quarry, Tilberthwaite and Hole Rake. Our route to Grasmere may include Side Pike, Lingmoor Fell, Elterwater and Silver How.
4pm – Finish back at Meadowdore Cafe for a drink, then head home.

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This includes:

  • Tea/coffee when we meet on the first morning
  • 2 day backpacking expedition with Mark Reid (Mountain Leader)
  • Backpacking equipment (rucksack, drybag, head-torch etc)
  • Lightweight camping kit (tent, sleepmat, stove, fuel, 'brew kit' etc)
  • Waterproof clothing if required (jacket, over-trousers, gloves etc).
  • Camping equipment set up at the campsite for you
  • Campsite fees
  • TeamWalking Loyalty Reward scheme